Professional printer for home use vs outsourcing prints

Started Nov 16, 2012 | Questions thread
Sal Baker
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Re: Professional printer for home use vs outsourcing prints
In reply to Jalmod90, Nov 17, 2012

If you mostly shoot for web galleries and make occasional prints, let a lab do it.  If you shoot with the final output goal being a fine art print, you really can only achieve (personal) perfection by doing it yourself.

Many of us spent years making prints in wet darkrooms.  I loved it then, but what a PITA compared to what can be done digitally with a good printer now.  I print to an Epson 3880 that I've had for 3 years and it still feels like Christmas every time I see the print emerging slowly from the front of the printer.  I feel like I'm getting away with something that's too good to be true!

Doing your own prints allows you to fine-tune your skills over time.  Even though my prints look exactly like I want, my visual opinion of what makes a good print changes over time.  I can easily just turn on the printer, make a few artisitic changes to the file and have a new print in minutes.  It all depends on what you consider fun or necessary.

The final print is the result of all the artistic and technical decisions I made up to that point.  I won't let someone else step in at the end of the process and inject their own vision to my workflow.  You have to decide what's important to you.

Sal

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